RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tuesday night's USA South volleyball battle at William Peace matched expectations, as the Meredith College Avenging Angels finished off the Pacers in straight sets (25-20, 34-32, 26-24). Caroline Corey and Haley Reeg led the Angels with double-digit kills, and Hannah Blaylock dominated the match with 45 assists.
Meredith came out swinging with Reeg and Corey landing the first three points for MCVB to hold a 2-1 advantage. The team pushed forward to extend that lead to five on back-to-back service aces from Katie Keen, but Reeg and Corey would finish off the Pacers 25-20 with Keegan Lynch behind the service line.
An epic second stanza kept fans on the edge throughout the 66 points. The Avenging Angels held a 7-4 lead early, but William Peace responded with a trio of winners to even the score. The teams continued to battle with the score tied on multiple occasions throughout the extended set until the Angels finally put two points together for the finish.
MCVB continued to press and forced the Pacers to call for a break at 13-10 after a stuff from Reeg and Elizabeth Pattison. WPU responded with a pair of winners, but Pattison interrupted the threat with another kill from the right side.
Peace would even the score on three more occasions, including at 24-24 on consecutive kills from the hosts' offensive leader Laura Bland. But a pair of unforced Pacer errors would complete the sweep for the Angels.
Corey finished with 17 kills, 13 digs, and Reeg tallied 11 kills in 18 attempts, adding three blocks from the middle. Karlie Long finished with nine kills, and Pattison added six. Emery McGee drove the defense tonight with a dozen digs, and Lynch recorded 11 with a pair of service aces.
WPU's Bland recorded a match-high 18 kills, and Carson Williams notched 21 digs.
The Avenging Angels host Ferrum College Saturday at Noon in Weatherspoon Gym. The USA South East Division remains close with Meredith and Averett still undefeated. Tune into live action HERE.